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first_imgMichael Blygen’s hat-trick rescued Boys’ Town from embarrassment against lower leaguers Maxfield Park, in their Locker Room Sports KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout game at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.The home team surrendered a two-goal lead to the Major League outfit, which came back from two-nil down to level at 2-2. But two late goals from the former Tivoli Gardens striker saw the home team win 4-2.After a dour and goalless first half, Boys’ Town went in front just before the hour (59th) when Blygen flicked the ball over the Maxfield goalkeeper and it fell into the goal. Minutes later, Chavanney Willis made it 2-0 when he latched on to a through ball and slotted home.However, the visitors responded minutes later when Romaine Mullington was on the end of a good build-up to tap the ball past the Boys’ Town custodian. And before Boys’ Town realised what hit them, Nico Reynolds, Maxfield’s best player, equalised with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.Maxfield nearly went ahead in the 80th minute, but referee Carvel Banton adjudged that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Then on the counter, Boys’ Town went straight up field and Blygen capitalised on a loose ball to make it 3-2.The former Humble Lion and Rivoli player sealed the win two minutes from time when he broke away and calmly slotted home.Blygen spent the second-half of last season in the Dominican Republic, but missed most of that campaign through injury.”So far in the Premier League, things have been very disappointing. I hope this will be a stepping stone for me to get more playing time and deliver for my team and try to help them make the top four,” he said.”Last season, I joined Boys’ Town in January, then went on a trial overseas in Dominica Republic. I made the team and played three matches, but injury got the better of me. But this season I am back, so I am just taking it a step at a time and doing my best and see what happens.”So I hope this hat-trick gives coach more confidence in me because I have always worked hard, but the team has been up and down; we are not being consistent. So I hope that this is a stepping stone for me to get time on the pitch,” he reasoned.Coach Andrew Price is also hoping this is a turning point for his striker.”I hope that this will be a catalyst for him (Blygen) to assist us in the third round. Boys’ Town always play better football in the third round, and we are preparing ourselves assiduously to really make a good run and see where it leads us,” he declared.Yesterday’s resultsBarbican 1 UWI 0Waterhouse 2 Maverley/Hughenden 1Boys’ Town 4 Maxfield 2Today’s games3 p.m. August Town vs Bull Bay at UWI Mona Bowl3 p.m. Olympic Gardens vs Real Mona at Cling Cling Oval3 p.m. Rockfort vs Cavalier at Rockfort3 p.m. Cooreville Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Duhaney Park7 p.m. Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists the upcoming Old Firm derby against Celtic is a must win for his old club.Rangers host arch-rivals Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season at the Ibrox Stadium this Saturday, following their game against Hibernian on Wednesday.Steven Gerrard’s men are currently one point behind league leaders Celtic, although the defending champions have a game in hand.
Ibrox is expected to witness a full house on Saturday and Johnstone, who has featured in so many of these games claims that the Old Firm derby is the biggest game in Europe.The former Rangers man also said the magnitude of the Celtic clash should serve as extra motivation for the players.“I think, first and foremost, these games stand out above anything in Europe, it’s an Old Firm game”, Johnstone told the official Rangers podcast.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“That’s the game that everybody wants to see.”“Even down south, they will turn it over from a Liverpool game to watch an Old Firm game.”“That’s how important you have to take it because you know the fans.”
”If you are beaten on the Saturday, you don’t work on the Monday because you get slaughtered by the opposition.”“And we realised that as players, that was the game I had to win.”last_img read more

first_imgFuture of indoor sky diving center up-in-the-air Supposed to be a one-stop-shop for homeless September 18, 2018 Dan Plante Updated: 6:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt was supposed to be the next big thing in the East Village. An indoor sky diving center with fancy wind tunnels. Before long, the concept took a dive. The place never really caught and went out of business.That’s when the City of San Diego stepped-in, and laid down $7-million dollars to take it over. The concept was well intended and clearly needed. They wanted a one stop shop for homeless services. The execution leaves a lot to be desired. “I thought this was supposed to be helping us out here. They keep promising a place to get help, I haven’t seen it”, says Roderick Bradely, formerly homeless.After a nice summer break under their belts, city leaders are back at city hall and still dealing with the issues of the homeless. They approved a deal to spend $8.5-million to keep three homeless tents open. But they delayed a vote on the *indoor sky diving* center.Insiders at city hall say there is more work to be done before taking the plunge. “If it’s not working, we could look at expanding to other parts of town. But we own the building and we’re going to try, If not, we could always sell it”, says Council Member Scott Sherman. While $7-million sounds like a lot of money, and it is, at this stage the building is worth more than that. Some say it’s worth at least $10-million. At the very least, San Diego taxpayers should not lose money on it. Posted: September 18, 2018 Dan Plante, last_img read more

first_imgU.S. recognizes contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, KUSI Newsroom AP, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic highlands, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, for some time and Netanyahu had pressed the matter with visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just a day earlier.U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday they had not expected a decision until next week, when Netanyahu is to visit the U.S.But in a tweet that appeared to catch many by surprise, Trump said the time had come for the United States to take the step, which Netanyahu warmly welcomed as a “miracle” on the Jewish holiday of Purim.“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the international community regards as disputed territory occupied by Israel whose status should be determined by negotiations between Israel and Syria. Attempts to bring Israel and Syria to the table have failed. It was not immediately clear how a U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan might be affected by the U.S. move. That force’s mandate expires at the end of June.There had been signals a decision was coming. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it “Israeli-controlled.”Pompeo had brushed questions about the change aside, insisting even earlier Thursday that there was no change in policy. However, in comments to reporters ahead of a Purim dinner with Netanyahu and his wife at their Jerusalem home, Pompeo hailed the shift.“Tonight, President Trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel,” he said.Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a fierce re-election campaign ahead of April 9 voting, smiled broadly while delivering his own remarks.“We have the miracle of Purim,” he said. “Thank you President Trump.”Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the U.S. and others to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. He has bolstered Israel’s traditional argument that the area has for all practical purposes been fully integrated into Israel by accusing Iran of trying to infiltrate terrorists from Syria into the plateau.“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu tweeted.Trump’s announcement came as Pompeo was wrapping up a two-day visit to Jerusalem during which he lauded warm ties with Israel, met with Netanyahu on at least three separate occasions and promised to step up pressure on Iran.Pompeo’s events with Netanyahu included a visit to the Western Wall that made him the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the Jewish holy site with any Israeli leader and appeared to further signal the Trump administration’s support for Israel’s control of the contested city. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, prompting the Palestinians to sever ties with the administration.Pompeo’s presence also appeared to signal Trump’s support for Netanyahu the political candidate. Netanyahu, facing a tough challenge from a popular former military chief and reeling from a series of corruption allegations, has repeatedly sought to focus attention on his foreign policy record and strong ties with Trump.“The Trump administration is absolutely endorsing Netanyahu,” said Alon Pinkas, former consul general of Israel in New York. “It’s very rare for a secretary of state to come visit an Israeli prime minister without any apparent diplomatic reason justifying it, without a peace process, without any regional agenda.”Pompeo said his trip had nothing to do with politics or U.S. policy on Jerusalem, although for decades American officials refrained from visiting the Western Wall with Israeli leaders to avoid the appearance of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the city’s most sensitive holy sites. Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.“I’m going to stay far away from the decisions that the Israeli people will make here in a few weeks,” Pompeo told reporters. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for the U.S. secretary of state to comment on Israeli domestic politics.”The Old City is home to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where tradition says Jesus was entombed and resurrected. Pompeo, a Christian, also stopped at the church.Next to the Western Wall is a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The spot, which once housed the biblical Jewish Temples, is the holiest site in Judaism and today is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.The competing claims to the site are a frequent source of tension and lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he said it did not determine the city’s final borders. But the gesture was perceived as unfairly siding with Israel and prompted the Palestinians to cut contacts with U.S. officials. The Palestinians have already rejected a planned Mideast peace initiative by the administration.Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Pompeo’s visit added additional obstacles to peace hopes. “While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more difficult to resolve,” he said.While previous secretaries of state have traditionally met with the Palestinians when visiting the region, Pompeo has no such talks planned. March 21, 2019last_img read more

first_img See All Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4:18 Tags Comments The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability Chevrolet Preview • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD: Low on tow, electronic helpers Chicago Auto Show 2019 reading • 2020 Chevy Silverado HD tows up to 35,500 pounds, has up to 910 lb-ft More about 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD More From Roadshow Share your voice Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and morecenter_img 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is a 35,500-pound-towing brute Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 21 Photos Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors General Motors first showed us the look of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup truck in December, and now, we finally have all the important details. The biggest number concerns towing, which, at up to 35,500 pounds, has increased a whopping 52 percent over the last Silverado HD. That’s slightly more than the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty (35,100 pounds) and also bests the outgoing 2019 Ford Super Duty (35,000 pounds), though Ford’s figure is likely to climb for 2020 very soon. The Silverado HD’s maximum payload ratings are also up to 7,466 pounds. The new truck can tow up to 52 percent more than its predecessor. Chevrolet Towing capability is, of course, closely related to the beefy powertrains under the hood of the new Silverado HD. The base engine is a new, 6.6-liter, direct-injected Vortec V8 rated for 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. That beats the outgoing truck’s base 6.0-liter V8, which was good for 360 hp and 380 lb-ft. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade option is a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which continues to be rated at 445 hp and 910 lb-ft. That’s a bit behind the curve now that the Ram HD is offering a whopping 1,000 lb-ft with its diesel engine. Still, the Duramax is now mated to a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, which helps it bolster the aforementioned towing ratings. In fact, Chevy engineers beefed up all the critical components needed for the Duramax to tow 35,500 pounds. Compared with last year’s HD trucks, the new models’ boxed ladder frame is tougher, the axles are larger, the prop shafts are enlarged and even the Duramax’s cooling fan has increased by 2.5 inches in diameter. Advanced tech makes towing easier Chevrolet’s data show that 90 percent of its heavy-duty truck buyers use their vehicles for towing, so it’s no surprise the automaker has included lots of high technology to make that simpler — and safer — bundled under the brand name Advanced Trailering System. For starters, the Silverado HD can be equipped with cameras that provide up to 15 different camera views, including an accessory camera mounted to a trailer that allows drivers to “see through” what they’re towing. The feature will also be offered on the Chevy’s sibling, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. It’s worth noting, however, that the Silverado HD does not offer adaptive cruise control, offered by both Ford and Ram’s HD trucks, or lane-keep assist. Chevrolet told Roadshow that adaptive cruise is “coming,” but it’ll likely debut on the Silverado 1500 first. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDThe truck’s many variants include this 2500 HD Custom. Chevrolet The Silverado HD also is compatible with a Trailer App you can use to verify lights, tire pressures and other critical check-ins before setting off with a trailer. Each truck also has a customized Trailering Information Label, which reveals that specific model’s curb weight, gross vehicle weight rating, gross combined weight rating, maximum payload, maximum tongue weight and gross axle weight ratings — in other words, all the stats you’d want to know before hitching up your wagon. Other tech features include Park Grade Hold Assist, which can use all four of the truck’s service brakes (rather than just the parking brakes) to keep truck and trailer in place on a slope. The truck will stay in Tow/Haul mode if it was driven in that mode within the prior four hours. And a new after-run feature helps automatically cool down the Duramax diesel when necessary. If the engine is hot after heavy hauling, a message in the instrument cluster will advise the driver to leave the engine running. If he or she ignores it and exists the truck, the remote-start system will activate for up to 15 minutes so the Duramax can cool itself down properly. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDEnlarged steps are now able to fit a size-12 boot and can support up to 500 pounds of weight. Chevrolet Bigger all round To go along with the beefed-up towing abilities, Chevy also supersized the Silverado HD everywhere else. Take the bed, for instance, which for the first time in Silverado HD history does not share its box with the 1500 models. The standard box has 6.7 inches more “usable width” and is 3 inches longer, while the long box (8-foot) is now 0.5 inch longer. At the same time, Chevy took steps to make using those boxes easier. The liftover height is now almost an inch lower than before, and the box sides have been lowered for easier fifth-wheel trailer towing. The CornerSteps that help users clamber up to the bed are larger, too, now able to accommodate a size-12 boot and tough enough to support 500 pounds of weight. So too has the truck’s cab itself grown. Silverado HD Crew Cab models now ride on a 5.2-inch longer wheelbase and boast a 10.4-inch longer length with a 1.4-inch wider width. That affords about 3 inches more cab length, Chevy says, contributing to more interior room. 2020 Chevy Silverado HDUp to 15 different camera angles are available to make towing easier and safer. Chevrolet As we saw in earlier releases, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD also has a brand-new design on the outside — one that has been a little polarizing. Regardless of what you think of the look, it’s worth noting that this Silverado HD has more differentiation from the 1500 model than ever before, with only the roof panel shared between the trucks. That massive front grille can optionally be equipped with active shutters, too, to help reduce drag and thus boost fuel efficiency. There will be five different trim levels, starting with the basic Work Truck and moving up through Custom, LT, LTZ and the flashy High Country. Chevy also says the truck is offered in a total of 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline combinations. Other engineering tweaks focused on improving usability for truck owners. The diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) filling port has been relocated, next to the diesel fuel filler, and there’s now a DEF level readout offered in the Chevy’s instrument cluster. A head-up display, a heavy-duty truck exclusive, provides more driving info at a glance. A redesigned block-heater plug, integrated into the bumper, is easier to reach and doesn’t require owners to pop the hood or leave cords dangling out of the truck’s grille. And Chevy says a redesigned snow-plow prep package is easier to install, without the need to drill holes in the truck. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD goes on sale this summer, with pricing set to be confirmed closer to that time. Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chevrolet • 2 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Trucks 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

first_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? null Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Honor 9X and 9X Pro feature notchless HD displays and pop-up selfie cams Share your voice • See All Honor Chinese phone brand Honor continues to deliver innovative phones with advanced camera technology that sell for hundreds less than those produced by Apple, Samsung or Google. The 9X Pro, announced Tuesday, features a 48-megapixel pop-up selfie cam, a trio of rear cameras that includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and an edge-to-edge HD display. And you could buy three of them for the price of one iPhone XS Max.The Honor 9X series will succeed the Honor 8X, which CNET described as “a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways.” And the new base model starts at the same price — 1,399 yuan, which converts to roughly $205, £155 or AU$285. But you probably won’t have the chance to buy the Honor 9X or 9X Pro anytime soon in the US or a handful of other countries. Honor’s parent company, Huawei, has been blacklisted by the Trump administration due to national security concerns, and its networking equipment has been shunned by Britain, Australia and New Zealand. honor-9x-pro-01 Honor In the US, Best Buy stopped selling Huawei phones, although you can still buy some models on Amazon or through the Honor site. On Monday, the company laid off hundreds of research employees at its Futurewei subsidiary located in offices throughout the US. As such, it’s not clear when or if you’ll be able to buy the new Honor 9X and 9X Pro in the US — and that’s too bad, because the specs are pretty compelling. In addition to the pop-up camera and 6.6-inch full HD display, you get other cutting-edge features including CPU liquid cooling, at least on the 9X Pro model. Honor 9X and 9X Pro specsKirin 810 processor (with liquid cooling on the 9X Pro model)6.59-inch “all-view” edge-to-edge display with 92% body-to-screen ratio48MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture8MP wide-angle camera (9X Pro only)Supports up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (9X) and 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (9X Pro)MicroSD card slotSide-mounted fingerprint sensor4,000-mAh battery rated for 10 hours of lifeColors include black, blue, red (Honor 9X) and black or purple (Honor 9X Pro)Available for preorder now, shipping on July 30 0 Google Huawei Samsung Apple Phones Politics Tagslast_img read more

first_imgRupee gained in early trade on Friday by 19 paise, as it opened at 59.14 per dollar compared to previous day’s closing value at 59.33-a-dollar.European Central Bank’s meeting on 5 June has brought about a positive response in rupee and stocks and it is likely to later announce policy easing measures to tackle the pitfalls of disinflations.Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity told moneycontrol to expect the rupee in a range of 59-60 per dollar.”The stimulus from ECB to the banks has spread positive sentiment globally. Taking cues from this, we expect local equities to trade strong resulting in appreciation of rupee,” Brahmbhatt pointed out.But, at 10:00 am, the rupee declined to 59.1950 from 59.14, while USD-HKD and USD-SGD surged by 0.00 percent and +0.005 percent respectively.Hence, among 13 Asia-Pacific Currencies, only two appeared to be surging.The Sensex and Nifty surged at 25,232.48 and 7,522.60 at 10:00 am today and gainers at early trade in BSE were ONGC, DLF, GAIL, BPCL and Reliance. However, Infosys, TCS, Hindalco and HCL Technologies lost out.On 5 June, Thursday, the 30-share BSE index created history by crossing the 25,000-mark for the first time; and the 50-share NSE index closed at 7,474.10. Sensex hit the day’s high of 25,044.06, and settled at a closing high of 25,019.51 points. Meanwhile, Nifty stretched at 7,474.10 breaching previous record closing high of 7,415.85 on Tuesday.The market figure was dominated due to shares of metal, oil and gas, power, PSU’s, FMCG and IT. Sentiments were bullish following ECB’s meeting and foreign inflows and also thrived on optimism of the new government. Metal stocks- Sesa and Sterlite Ltd and Tata Steel lead the market .”We may see Sensex levels at 30,000 before budget,” Motilal Oswal, CMD from Financial Services told The Financial Express.Bullish market sentiments have also influenced Mutual Funds rates and BSE midcap and small cap indices gained 1 and 1.4 percent respectively.last_img read more

first_imgYoutube.comDK Joshi, Chief Economist, CRISIL, stated that he feels positive about the stance change from ‘neutral’ to ‘accommodative’ as it might help in the assurance of liquidity which in turn might make the transmissions better. According to him, there might be another rate cut to take the accommodative stance forward. businesstoday.inAccording to a statement given to Bloomberg Quint, Pankaj Murarka, CIO of Renaissance Investment Managers, said that the central bank has done its part and it is over to the central government to decide concrete policy measures and actions to revive growth in the budget. moneycontrolMihir Vora, CIO of Max Life Insurance, claimed that he was happy that the slowing down of the growth in the country was at last taken into the limelight and appropriate actions were taken. He added that he would want to see strategic moves to stimulate growth prospects in the economy. Ashutosh KhajuriaYoutube.comThe CFO of Federal Bank, Ashutosh Khajuria, curated the full outcome of the changes in the monetary policy.  He stated that the impact of stance change would affect the market more than the policy rate cut. “The stance change will lead to expectations that there will be more cuts in offerings and there will be negligible tightness of liquidity due to the accommodative stance,” he said.He also added that transmissions will take time in banks, as 80-85 percent of their balance sheets come from public deposits and it is difficult for banks to cut the deposit rates suddenly. twitterAdding on to the understanding of the bi-monthly monetary policy, Sampath Reddy, Chief Investment Officer, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company, said, “From an investment perspective the sharp fall in bond yields over the past month has benefited duration and bond funds. Presently, we prefer the short to medium term end of the yield curve.” cdcgroup.com”Liquidity level has been rising for 15 days. Interest rate trajectory is headed lower since global growth is slowing and inflation is staying low,” said Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman & CEO of HDFC. He even added that the boost is liquidity has negated the hopes of a CRR cut. rediff.comThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to reduce the Repo Rate by 25 bps in its second Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on June 6. The unanimous decision of the rate cut was carried out after analysing the slowing economy of the country.There were varying pre-estimations by economists, bankers, corporate owners and traders on their expectations from the monetary policy committee. Now, let’s understand from some reactions, what they take from the decisions of the RBI in the end.last_img read more

first_imgSyrian civilians and emergency services gathering at the site where a rocket hit a busy shopping area in Damascus’ Jaramana area, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital. Photo: AFPA rocket killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district Tuesday, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as fire in the other direction left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold.The rocket attack came as heavy bombardment killed 38 civilians in the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus.State media said the opposition fire hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers-including some buying presents ahead of Mother’s Day.A taxi driver, who asked not to give his name, said he was nearby when the rocket hit a street known for its cheap clothes and food shops.“The place was full of people buying presents for Mother’s Day,” the 41-year-old said.A nurse in her 30s, who asked not to be named, said the projectile hit a shopping area “next to a security checkpoint”.“The intensity of the blast was terrifying,” she said.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has brought swathes of territory back under his control since the war started in 2011, with help from Russia and allied forces, including Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia.He has recently focused efforts on flushing out the last pockets that escape government control in and around the capital, the largest of them being Eastern Ghouta.‘Love one’ in a sackA month-long air and ground assault on the area, which was home to around 400,000 residents, has left more than 1,400 dead.Regime and allied forces have retaken more than 80 percent of Eastern Ghouta and splintered the rump of the enclave into three pockets, each controlled by different rebel groups.In images broadcast on Sunday, Assad congratulated soldiers in Ghouta, and told them Damascenes would “maybe tell their children in the coming decades how you saved the capital”.Clashes shook the various zones on Tuesday, with bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally killing at least 29 civilians in the main town of Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Another nine civilians were killed in bombardment in other areas of the enclave, the Britain-based monitor said.Washington has voiced concern that the chaos in Syria could allow a revival of the Islamic State group, whose “caliphate” collapsed late last year after three years of international military operations.The jihadists launched a surprise nighttime attack in a southern neighbourhood of Damascus, the Observatory said.Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the regime was sending reinforcements to retake Qadam, which was attacked from the adjacent IS-controlled neighbourhood of Hajar al-Aswad.The jihadists also have a presence in the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk.An AFP correspondent in Douma reported heavy bombardment through the night from Monday to Tuesday that left ambulances struggling to reach the wounded.At the town’s main hospital, a man walked the facility’s halls with a sack. Medics said it held the human remains of a loved one killed in raids.‘War crimes’After a seventh day of medical evacuations on Tuesday, some 1,800 civilians including 375 patients had crossed over into government-held territory, a medical source said.Tens of thousands of civilians have fled both the intense bombardment of Ghouta and the deprivations of a siege that lasted five years.The ramifications are catastrophic, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein told the Security Council, accusing the Damascus regime of “war crimes” in Eastern Ghouta.But Hussein also warned of another humanitarian catastrophe unfolding hundreds of kilometres (miles) to the north in the Syrian border enclave of Afrin.The Turkish army and its Syrian proxies-a motley assortment of jihadists, former rebels and members of other armed groups-seized Afrin from Kurdish forces on Sunday.Turkish military police deployed across the city on Tuesday, as some civilians tried to return to homes and shops looted by Ankara’s Syrian proxies.The two-month offensive has displaced around 100,000 people, most of them to the town of Tal Rifaat further east, the UN has said.On Tuesday, a convoy carrying food, blankets, and other aid was being delivered to thousands of families seeking refuge in Tal Rifaat, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.The capture of Afrin, one the cantons in the self-proclaimed autonomous administration run by Syria’s Kurds, has been a huge blow to the minority.last_img read more